Study modes: Full-time
Design informatics focuses on designing with data. This course is run in conjunction with Edinburgh College of Art through the Centre for Design Informatics.
On this programme you will learn how to build computational systems as well as the principles of design thinking and making.
Through case studies of real-life products you will apply your knowledge in a practical way, developing an understanding of what it takes to create, design and take a product to market.
Design Informatics: designing with data can be explored in most specialist areas of Informatics, but Design Informatics emphasises entrepreneurial product development.
In the first year you follow two semesters of taught courses, attending lectures, tutorials and group practicals to acquire the theoretical foundation to enable you to engage in independent research.
In the summer you have a commercial or public semester placement, where you will work on a project that will help you test and reflect on your knowledge and skills.
In the second year, taught courses focus on product design, and you will gain experience in leading a group, before completing a dissertation project.
You will work on a project that will help you use your skills and knowledge during a summer placement with a commercial or public sector organisation.
This degree will put you at the cutting edge of design technology and technology for design, opening a host of opportunities in the commercial sector.
The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in informatics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, electrical engineering, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, physics or psychology, plus experience in computer programming.
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If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.
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